Happy Monday! I’m gathering with some forest friends at the table for a little fun and whimsy.
We’re on the cusp of spring in North Carolina. . .the trees are budding, the bulbs are blooming and the birds are chirping!
Our winter has been mild overall but my forest friends are suffering from weather confusion . . .50 degree temperature swings from lows in the 20s to highs in the 70s, 4 inches of rain, tornadoes followed by snow flurries. . . all in the span of a week!
My forest friends donned their party hats and gathered to celebrate an early spring, only to have a wintry mix and light dusting of snow interrupt their party.
I set a table symbolic of our weather, with a jute runner layered on a snowy white matelassé coverlet as a foundation for the table.
Sprigs of evergreens, pine cones and bird nests received a light dusting of snow, mixed with bulbs and hyacinths that are sprouting and blooming. . .
Mercury glass votives are lit to add some twinkle on dreary winter days, sprinkled down the length of the table.
Birds of a feather and Cardinals flew in to roost, perched on snow-filled goblets. . .
Woodland Berry chargers frame plates with an embossed floral leaf pattern~ a promise of spring to come.
And beaded snowflake napkin rings join tree slice chargers and bone-handled flatware, adding some additional warm texture to pair with the jute runner.
Fanciful portraits of animals provided the inspiration for this whimsical ‘cusp of spring’ table.
Artist Vicki Sawyer was inspired by an idea she had one day while walking–
“If birds can build nests, then they can make hats”.
Vicki Sawyer’s art was inspired by the natural world:
“I grew up in a charming 1850 home we shared with my grandparents near Pittsburgh, PA. My grandfather, who farmed the land and raised chickens, taught me how to identify plants on our hikes together. My mother’s joy in painting and the arts taught me to be visually aware, and my father’s love for birds kick-started a lifelong curiosity for the expansive beauty of the bird and animal world.”
This little owl flew from to the table from my Winter Nesting Tree and is regretting not wearing his party hat!
Whoooo do we have here. . .?
it appears this snowy white owl has found the perfect winter camouflage, nestled in this cake pedestal!
Forest Festivities Appetizer Plates / Paperproducts Design, Amazon, several years ago
Owl Cake Pedestal / Pier 1, several years ago, used here
Embossed bordered plates / Pfaltzgraff Country Cupboard, used here
Woodland Berry Chargers / Williams-Sonoma, used here
Jute Runner, Napkins & Napkin Rings / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Matelassé Coverlet & Tree Slice Chargers / Bed, Bath & Beyond, several years ago
Bone-handled Flatware / Towle Seville
Bird ornaments / collected over the years
Vicki Sawyer’s art philosophy is what I strive for when it comes to creating and blogging:
“I want my work to evoke feelings of peace, joy, and often humor.
If I can move someone with my art then I have achieved my ultimate aim.”